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13 to 24 percent of North American teens self harm

December 4, 2008

Freud’s odyssey began inthe company of patients who experienced emotional symptoms in their bodies. 100 plus year later and that is still the experience of many.

Self-injury, or self-harm, refers to a variety of behaviors in which a person intentionally inflicts harm to his or her body without suicidal intent. It is a disturbing trend among U.S. adolescents, particularly girls. Prevalence is unknown because many cases go unreported, but recent studies have reported that 13 to 24 percent of high school students in the U.S. and Canada have practiced deliberate self-injury at least once. More common forms of self-injury include cutting of the skin, burning, bruising, hair pulling, breaking bones or swallowing toxic substances. In cases of self-embedding disorder, objects are used to puncture the skin or are embedded into the wound after cutting.

via Radiologists Diagnose And Treat Self-embedding Disorder In Teens

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